French: Manchot empereur German: Kaiserpinguin Spanish: Pingüino emperador
G. R. Gray, 1844,
Circumpolar; restricted to Antarctica, 66°–78° S.
112–115 cm; 19–46 kg. Largest penguin; short-tailed grey and white bird with pointed and curved slender bill and contrasting patch at side of rear head. Adult has... read more
Loud trumpeting calls for contact and in aggression. Contact call a trumpeting note c. 1 second... read more
Marine and pelagic, in Antarctic waters. Breeds on ice floes near coast, or on the coast itself,... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly fish, especially nototheniids such as the bald notothen (Pagothenia borchgrevinki), normally 40–125 mm long, and... read more
Arrival at colony Mar–Apr, egg-laying May–Jun; annual breeding cycle. Colonial, but not territorial. Courtship period c.... read more
Probably dispersive, but little known. Few adults seen N of 60º S. Pre-moult period at sea 30... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Now regarded as Near Threatened since projected climate change may lead to population decline. First breeding colony of this species was discovered... read more
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